Today in Hip Hop History: October 26, 1993
Professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal released his debut rap album, Shaq Diesel, through Jive Records in 1993. Shaq Diesel featured production from Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Erick Sermon, K-Cut, Def Jef and Meech Wells. The album contained vocal help from Def Jef, Phife Dawg, Fu-Schnickens and Erick Sermon.
The album contained three singles that charted well; “(I Know I Got) Skillz,” “I’m Outstanding,” and “Shoot Pass Slam.” The songs contained several soul samples, boom bap drums and an exceptionally G-Funk sound as can seen below.
Shaq Diesel peaked at #25 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and #10 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart in 1993. The album became RIAA Certified Platinum in March of 1994, alongside two of the singles from Shaq Diesel achieving Gold status. Most often people forget that the famous basketball player and large TV personality released multiple rap albums in his short career, but he fared very successfully considering he was in the league at the time.